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On 10 June 1952, the Library of FAO was officially opened and named the David Lubin Memorial Library:
"In recognition of the foresight, leadership, and outstanding contribution of David Lubin to international co-operation in the field of agriculture". (FAO Conference 1950)

Today the David Lubin Memorial Library preserves one and a half million FAO and non-FAO publications, among which a collection of rare books and incunabula and the historic collections of the International Institute of Agriculture (IIA), the predecessor of FAO. [more]

The Library welcomes both FAO staff and external visitors.

Digital resources

FAO staff has access to a number of digital resources like EIU, EconLit and some important bibliographic databases like the Web of Science and CAB Abstracts. For an overview of online journals please browse the FAO Journal Finder.

Explore the catalog

Search the public online FAO Library Catalog to find FAO documents since 1945 (digital and print), non FAO monographs since 1976 and an extensive FAO and non FAO serials collection. To consult the IIA collections and pre-1976 non FAO material, write us at fao-library-reference@fao.org.


Inauguration of the exhibition "65 Years of the FAO Library, 1952-2017"

On Tuesday 5 December 2017, the Library exhibition was inaugurated by Mr. José Graziano Da Silva, Director-General of FAO. The Director-General also launched the publication The story of the FAO Library in English and Italian which documents the more than a century-long history of the Library of FAO and the patrimony of knowledge it conserves for the agricultural community.

To celebrate the library's anniversary FAO's incunables and rare books are put on display for the duration of three weeks. Together with a first public presentation of footage from the 1930s to the 1950s about the International Institute of Agriculture and FAO from the Historical Film Archive Cinecittà Luce.